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Deke's Techniques 093: Creating a Money-Like Design in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 093: Creating a Money-Like Design in Illustrator

A few years ago, I showed you how to scan real actual American money and open it in Photoshop. Unfortunately, that trick doesn't work these days, and I don't know of a trick that does. (Which sucks, because we the people own the copyright to our currency! And unless you have access to a stockpile of federally protected paper and ink, and you possess world-class separation skills, you aren't going to get anywhere scanning banknotes into Photoshop. Haven't Adobe's lawyers---and the feds that lobbied them---read something as basic as a Jack Reacher novel?) And so I thought, screw it. If you can't beat 'em, reinvent 'em.

Which is why I decided, this week, to show you how to draw your own money, one emblematic detail at a time. Here's the official description from lynda.com: Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 92: Creating a Continuous, Single-Line Spirograph in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 92: Creating a Continuous, Single-Line Spirograph in Illustrator

I cannot believe how catchy that new Rihanna song is. "Diamonds" is so infectious and hypnotic, I want to chew it out of my brain with my own teeth, just so I can experience it with a different orifice. I used to think I couldn't stop listening to "Shut Up and Drive." But now all I can hear is "Shine bright like a diamond," chirped in a way that is not possible without digital intervention.

Anyway, as you might expect, this week's Deke's Techniques has nothing to do with diamonds. But there is some digital intervention. And I do show you how to create something infectious and hypnotic in Adobe Illustrator while you listen to something infectious and hypnotic in your own chewed head.

Specifically, I show you how to make a Spirograph-like hypotrochoid formed from a single path outline. One that curls around and loops into itself like it will never stop. Which it won't. Ever.

Here's the official description from my shiny and radiantly sparkling video publisher, lynda.com. It is meant to be read while listening to "Diamonds." Seriously, it's the only way it'll make sense. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 090: Applying Custom Carve and Shadow Styles to Any Font

Deke's Techniques 090: Applying Custom Carve and Shadow Styles to Any Font in Illustrator

Today, I show you how to create and assign custom variations on the classic type styles Carved and Shadow to any typeface any time you like. And because you'll be doing so using dynamic effects in Adobe Illustrator, you can apply the Carved and Shadow styles to live, editable text without any need to convert the type to outlines. Fix a typo, change out a few words, or adjust the formatting, and your custom Carved and Shadows styles update automatically.

Here's the official description from lynda.com: Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 89: Creating a Spirograph-Like Pattern in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 89: Creating a Spirograph-Like Pattern in Illustrator

This week, I show you how to do something I already showed many of you how to do a long time ago. Only, now, I do so more judiciously and accompanied by a concrete example. (But, you know, gosh, that ancient 4-year-old episode of the now-dead dekePod with the Spirographs and junk holds up pretty well. I watched it before making this movie and---although I'm ashamed to admit it---I learned a thing or two.)

Today, I show you how to make a Spirograph-like pattern in Illustrator. No, not one. Three Spirograph-like patterns in all. Here's the official blow-by-blow description from lynda.com: Read more » 

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Inspiration is Everywhere

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Anything Goes!
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Since anything goes, here goes everything! I referenced the following videos for my tutorial: Asphalt and AstroTurf -resdog; A Pattern Emerges-Desdiner; Smart Text-nicoleoliver; Monogram Snowflake-pingtop; Superhero Text Effects-danrodney; Tribal Art Vectors-resdog; Railroad Track Technique-Vectorgeek; It's a Plaid Plaid World-Desdiner.That should cover at least 20 of Deke's Videos - I don't know which 20 but since anything goes, does it really matter???? :0)